International Migration Conference

18th International Migration Conference

Thursday, June 21 to Saturday, June 23, 2018
Technical University, Cologne
Faculty of Applied Social Sciences

Thus, in the context of migration, the media exercise a presence and impact on various levels. On one hand, they can contribute to reportage and the creation and promotion of specific imagery pertaining to migrants; on the other, the media are also used as tools for memory, communication and coordination. There has been systematic scientific research on the connection between migration, the media and the public at least since the 1960s. As a result of contemporary events, such as the so-called ‘refugee crisis’ (2015/16) or the ‘Cologne New Year’s Night’ (2016), the topic of ‘media integration’ has again been heavily revaluated. How the media deal with these events shows on one hand that the media report on them in a differentiated and comprehensive manner; on the other, we see that the media and public frequently still situate the topic migration in the context of religious fundamentalism/extremism, crime and danger, that migration for the media principally comprises a social process with a negative connotation, and that migrants tend to appear principally as objects of ascription. However, at the same time a look at how the new media are used also reveals that new forms of counter-publics are also emerging here. The international conference will provide a space for presentation and discussion of the nexus between migration, the media and the public.

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